Applying Homemade Deer Repellents
If you want to try a solid homemade deer repellent, put your scent of choice-some use hair, soap, even animal waste-into an open-mesh bag and suspend the bag approximately 28 to 32 inches above the ground near the plants you wish to protect.
For liquid repellents, apply the repellent directly to the plant and surrounding area, and monitor the plant daily to gauge the repellent's effectiveness. Re-apply after heavy rains and when deer appear to be getting accustomed to the scent.
In any case, when considering homemade deer repellents, it's important to begin applying the repellent before deer have damaged the desired plants. After deer have begun feeding on plants in a specific area, it's harder to repel them with scents or visual deterrents. Homemade deer repellents also work best in relatively small areas with relatively light numbers of deer. Homemade deer repellents are also inappropriate for situations in which any damage is to be avoided.
Effective, Inexpensive Deer Repellent
Fencing is the best way to stop deer damage, but to be effective, the fence either needs to be 7 feet tall and staked at the bottom or electric with bait that entices the deer to touch the wires. Effective deer fencing is typically expensive, difficult to install and maintain, and infeasible for many homeowners.
The Wireless Deer Fence®
is a patented deer control system that functions much like a baited electric fence, but it is much easier and inexpensive to install and maintain. Wireless Deer Fence® posts are free-standing, small, unobtrusive, aesthetically pleasing, and guaranteed to work.